Government HPL cladding test discussed
COMMUNITIES SECRETARY James Brokenshire confirmed that a test of high pressure laminate (HPL) cladding, undertaken by the FPA, found that the specific system tested ‘met the relevant pass criteria’.
In a statement to parliament, Mr Brokenshire confirmed that on 11 July a BS 8414 test was undertaken by the FPA, having been commissioned by MHCLG ‘on the advice of the independent expert advisory panel’. The test involved a cladding system including a Class B, fire retardant HPL rainscreen with a non combustible rock fibre insulation.
He noted that the test was undertaken ‘as part of an ongoing, systematic investigation’ into the fire risks from cladding systems that do not include aluminium composite material. Continuing, he confirmed that the system tested ‘met the relevant pass criteria’, and added that the expert panel is ‘satisfied that this specific system does not present a risk to public safety’, with detailed advice from the panel on HPL systems ‘is also being published’ by MHCLG as a result.